Colorado mountain range with wildflowers in the foreground.
Alpine Splendor Sunset with a clearing storm, La Plata Mountains, CO © Allen Karsh

Stories in Colorado

2020 Year in Review

Carlos Fernandez, Colorado State Director.
Carlos Fernandez Carlos Fernandez, TNC in Colorado's State Director. © Lauryn Wachs

Letter From Our State Director Carlos Fernandez

What a year! I think it’s safe to say that this was not the 2020 anyone expected. A year defined by a pandemic has shown how much we all rely on science, nature and the outdoors.

Urban parks, backyards, local trails, and neighborhood walks provided refuge and an escape during lockdown. Meanwhile, record wildfires, drought and shocking new science on the world’s biodiversity loss further highlighted the urgency for us to act on climate and conserve nature.

What a year! I think it’s safe to say that this was not the 2020 anyone expected. A year defined by a pandemic has shown how much we all rely on science, nature and the outdoors.

Urban parks, backyards, local trails, and neighborhood walks provided refuge and an escape during lockdown. Meanwhile, record wildfires, drought and shocking new science on the world’s biodiversity loss further highlighted the urgency for us to act on climate and conserve nature.

Despite these difficult times, there are still plenty of reasons to feel hopeful. In this report, we’ll share some of what we accomplished this year—from transferring Fishers Peak to become our next state park, to funding the first round of projects with our Yampa River Fund and much more. We thank you for your support during these strange and difficult times. We hope that you enjoy reading about the work your donations helped support this year. Wishing you a healthy and happy 2021!

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Colorado Successes

  • Orchard Hub

    Water

    Switching crops can benefit both rivers and the rural communities that depend on them. We are excited to partner with the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project to purchase a property to serve as an orchard hub for restoring an economy and culture. Learn about this innovative partnership

  • Bluff Lake Denver

    Outreach

    For our work to truly have a lasting impact, we must make sure that future generations learn to value and steward nature. Despite the unique challenges of 2020, we’ve made an impact this year.

Map of Colorado showing TNC conservation focus areas.
Map of Colorado Across the state of Colorado we are tackling the biggest challenges facing people and nature—climate change, drought, biodiversity loss, and more. © TNC